Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Next Release | I Heart Iloilo # 2

Can you believe it's the last day of May?

I sure can't. This is going to sound like such a total cliche, but it feels like 2017 is flying by, flapping sounds and all.

Before June officially starts, I wanted to give you an update about what I'm working on and what to expect from me in the future. Cool?

The second novel in the I Heart Iloilo series is currently in the editing stage, and I hope to release it by the first or second week of October. The title and blurb will most likely be ready by mid-June. Stay tuned! While you're waiting, you can add the book to your Goodreads TBR right here.

Yes, it's going to be about Hunter and Cam. You can expect plenty of Boracay scenes, a rowdy bunch of boys, and a ton of complications. Sounds fun, right? I'm going to pretend I heard you say yes. Haha.

I'm also in the middle of writing the first draft for the third book in the I Heart Iloilo series. I originally had this very specific idea in mind for the book, but it's not working out. The good thing is, I know how to fix it, so I'll get it done before the end of June. Probably. Online accountability always helps.

If you have any questions, you can contact me via email at clarissedavidwrites[@]yahoo[.]com or on Twitter.

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cover Reveal | Feels Like Summer (Summer Storm #2) by Six de los Reyes

Today is the cover reveal for Feels like Summer by Six de los Reyes. *throws confetti*

Full disclosure: I read and absolutely loved Beginner's Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes. Kaya is one of my favorite heroines ever, and I wouldn't mind finding a Nero of my own. Ahem.

Before I start fangirling over the book, let me show you the cover of Feels like Summer.

Without further ado, here it is:


Isn't it pretty?

I'm going to pretend I heard you say yes.

If you're curious about the book, there's more good stuff below, like the blurb and actual purchase links. *wink. wink. nudge. nudge*

Feels like Summer (Summer Storm #2)

by Six de los Reyes
Release date: April 12, 2017
In print: April 30, 2017

Blurb

Five-minute girlfriend. This is what Jett signs up for when she meets Adrian and his band Arabella at beach music festival Summer Storm. One kiss and the attraction is too electric to ignore, but Jett has no room for love and Adrian is Mr. Relationship who's getting over his recent breakup. The solution? Keep it simple. Keep it casual. For three months (that's the rule about breakups, right?), Jett helps Adrian move on and Adrian shows up on Jett's bed whenever she wants.

Then the three months are up and neither of them are in a hurry to be the first to leave. Does Jett walk away from a potential disaster or does she finally let someone into her closely-guarded heart?

Buy Links

Amazon
Print (PH only)

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Cover design by: Porcupine Strongwill

Follow Six de los Reyes:
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Wattpad: @sixdlr

Author Bio:

Six de los Reyes has been reading and making up stories for as far as she can remember. In fifth grade, she learned to write about the stories she wanted to read. As a pretend grownup, she writes contemporary romance novels. Her day job doing science has something to do with being a part-time mermaid and a part-time labrat. She currently lives next to the sea.

Other works include:
Just for the Record
Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions
Sounds Like Summer

Anthology Contributions:
After the Moment, Taking Chances (#BuqoYA)
Nico Saves Christmas, Make My Wish Come True
Ocean Eyes, Summer Crush

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

How I Sold 50 Indie Print Copies of Keeping the Distance

This news is two months late, but I just wanted to share that Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo Book 1) now has a print edition. *throws confetti*

For the first "official" print run, I decided to start small and ended up selling fifty copies, which is honestly more than I expected.

First of all, I only accepted orders from readers in Iloilo. That way, I gave myself the chance to build a local audience, generating interest in the romance genre by promoting a book set in the readers' hometown.

Who knows? Maybe that audience might like my book and decide to check out other #romanceclass authors I talk about on my author Facebook page and on my personal profile.

Next, shipping orders to readers outside of Iloilo required time I didn't have back in February and March. So many things were going in both my personal and professional lives that I couldn't set aside the required number of hours to process everything.

So, let me recap. I decided to start small... by focusing on Iloilo. Here's how I did it:

1. Before I even posted that I was selling the print edition, I shared Instagram and Twitter posts from readers on my wall as well as quotes from Keeping the Distance.

This worked in many ways, because some of my Facebook friends didn't even know I'd written a book. A few of them sent me messages asking where they could read it or how they could buy it. I replied right away and informed them that a print edition was already in the works.

Generating interest? Check.

2. I posted photos of the print copy and detailed order instructions on my author Facebook page, shared the post on my timeline, and asked friends to share it as well.

Before I go into detail about the whole order and confirmation process, let me tell you about my friend. His name is Dan. He designs T-shirts, mugs, and other merch under his brand BKNWA. His page now has over 27,000 likes and people from all over the Philippines order stuff from him... via Facebook Messenger.


I initially wanted to use a Google Doc form to receive orders, but he pointed out that using an order form people could copy and paste and send through Facebook Messenger gave me one additional advantage. People didn't have to leave Facebook to order my book. They could even order it on free Facebook data. Awesome.

In the future, I intend to use a Google Doc form and Facebook Messenger to receive orders, but since this was a trial run, I decided to go with it.

So, basically, if someone wanted to order a book from me, they could send my Facebook author page a message with the following information:
Complete Name
Facebook Name
Contact Number
Number of Copies
And they had to send it to me before a specific deadline. I posted a timeline as well, so people knew until when they could order copies and when they were getting the books. Here's the timeline I included in my post:
FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 1 (Taking Orders)
FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 1 (Order Finalization)
MARCH 2 - MARCH 15 (Printing of Books)
MARCH 23 - MARCH 24 (Release Date / Local Meetups)
As much as possible, I tried to stick to the timeline, because this first print run would set expectations on how I ran things. I didn't want people to say that they got their books late or that I was hard to contact.

3. Once I started taking orders for print copies, I kept posting about the book.

It would take about a month for the readers to get their copies since I still had to get the books printed and shipped from JMD Copy and Prints in Marikina. I didn't want them to forget they ordered the book and wanted to build excitement.

Even after I stopped taking orders, I still posted updates about it. When the 50 copies were finally delivered to our house, I made sure to take a video of me opening the package, so people would know they were getting their books VERY SOON.

4. I met up with readers at a local coffee shop.

This was one of my favorite parts of the entire process. I got to thank the people who bought my book in person and even signed their copies for them. Really one of the best things about being an author, indie or otherwise.

And that's how I sold 50 copies in month.

I know 50 copies doesn't sound like much in the grand scheme of things, but if you're an indie author, it means a lot. 50 copies means 50 different people who'll leaf through pages filled with your words. 50 different people who supported your dream and took a chance on you.

This whole experience definitely taught me a lot about time management, which social media platforms I should focus on, and a ton of other things. I could've done better throughout this whole process, but I hope this post still helps you if you want embark on your own self-publishing journey and sell print copies of your books. Good luck!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Playlist | Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Ever wanted to listen to a playlist while reading a book?

Like Keeping the Distance, for instance? (Hey, that rhymes!)

Okay, enough with the cheesy attempts to reel you in. Haha. Today, I'm going to share the playlist I listened to while working on Keeping the Distance. Over and over. The playlist is honestly a little weird with its mix of pop, country, and indie. (Wait, is Lauv considered indie? I'm sorry. My lack of music knowledge is showing.)

Time to press play.

*WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

1. "Ugly Heart" by G.R.L.


This is basically the soundtrack to every scene where Lance acts like a huge asshole in the beginning of the book.

2. "One Night" by Matthew Koma


I can't remember a specific scene I wrote while listening to this song, but it reminds me of Lance. A lot. In ways that aren't positive. Do with that knowledge what you will.

3. "Reforget" by Lauv


When they both try to move on.

4. "Secret Love Song" by Little Mix


This is basically Lance and Melissa's theme song when they try to hide their relationship from her father, from everyone.

While I was writing Keeping the Distance, this song was EVERYWHERE. I honestly got a little sick of it, but I couldn't stop listening to it because it was so perfect. Writers are weird, I know.

5. "Perfect" by One Direction


This is just a very Lance-ish song.

And, yes, I'm still sad that One Direction is no more.

6. "Love Me Like You Mean It" by Kelsea Ballerini


This, I imagine, is Melissa's song for Lance before they actually get together, during that wonderful stage where she's having second thoughts about him. It's kind of perfect.

7. "Dibs" by Kelsea Ballerini


When you fall for that gorgeous, popular boy everyone else seems to want, what do you do? You call dibs. Haha. Sometimes, I lamely attempt to make jokes.

8. "For a Boy" by RaeLynn


If you've read Keeping the Distance, remember that scene where Mel records a ukulele cover for Lance and ends up playing it for him as her grand gesture? In my head, this is the song she played.

It's perfect for the two of them, because the song talks about all the things this boy does for the girl. She wants to do things for him too--little things, big things, doesn't matter--but she's afraid or maybe a little hesitant. At the end of the song, I think she breaks through her fear or hesitation or whatever is stopping her and goes for it. Kind of like Mel.

Bonus Playlist

If you wanted to listen to another playlist, the wonderful Sue made a playlist for Keeping the Distance right here. She has wonderful taste in music, and even if you have no intention of reading the book, I still highly recommending listening to it. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Excerpt | Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas


Waiting in the Wings
by Tara Frejas
Genre: Romance / NA / Contemporary
Release Date: February 21, 2017

Synopsis

At twenty-three, theatre actress Erin Javier has yet to fall in love or kiss a boy offstage, away from the klieg lights. She is the perfect leading lady—whose heart men would fight for, win, and protect—unfortunately, only until the curtains fall and the lights go down. In real life, Erin is a certified NBSB whose heart has been hoping for a song to dance to for quite some time.

But when two (two!) men enter from stage left and right, Erin is confused. Who deserves to take center stage in her heart—Mr. Theatre Royalty whose attention and displays of affection make her pulse race, or a good friend whose steady support has helped steer her to success and fulfill her dream?

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Excerpt

Erin’s first kiss was a guy named Timothy Matias.

She and Timothy—christened Mots by Kai—were both Teatro Lakambini rookies three years ago, and Chronicles of a Breakup was their baptism of fire. Even so, he wasn’t new to kissing.

Thankfully, Mots was considerate. He noticed her apprehension about the stage kiss and offered to fake it instead. But the scene had to be staged in a way that a fake kiss would have been so painfully obvious, and Erin just went “oh what the heck” and decided to go for gold. Mots obliged, and was nice enough to “mentor” her without being all judgey.

“Don’t pucker your lips” was his first tip. “Loosen your jaw” was his second. There were more, and they came in unexpected moments, like when they waited in the wings and he told her to “Press your lips against mine a bit harder before I push you away.”

It was an Act Two breakup kiss, what they shared. Erin’s character was desperate to keep his, but his just wasn’t into hers any longer. As they went through the scene five times a week for eight straight weeks, Erin felt as if her heart wasted away every single time she kissed Mots goodbye.

The feeling stayed with her for weeks after the show had closed that she had to ask him to sit down and talk about it one afternoon.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “Sometimes I look at you and I can’t think straight.”

The look on his face prompted her to clarify. “I’m not in love with you, Mots. It’s just that I’ve been this character for a while and it’s difficult to get her out of my system.”

He got it, he said. They hugged it out, and that was that.

Five months later, she was kissing Andres San Vicente under a dim streetlight in Sa Kanto ng Kaimito at Santol. It was a more innocent kind of kiss, one that would reduce the females in the audience to squeals and giggles. Erin liked their once-a-show kisses better because they were hopeful and held the promise of a blossoming new love. And at the back of her mind, she allowed herself to fantasize over that kind of love too—until Andres brought his boyfriend to the cast party and crushed her dreams.

The distinction of sharing the most number of kisses with Erin goes to Brian Castro and Johann Rivera. Alternating as Erin’s long-distance boyfriends in Minsan Tayo, the average number of kisses she received per show was twenty, not including the ones that didn’t land on her lips. But even if Brian and Johann played the same character, their kisses were completely different.

Brian’s was playful and tentative half the time and tasted like Tic Tac. Johann’s was more intense and tended to linger a little more. They didn’t taste like anything remarkable, but Erin recalled the one time his lips tasted like ginger tea.

By the time she got to act alongside Nathan Zalameda for Karaoke Queen, the tables were turned: He was the novice, and she was the pro. Recalling every relevant moment in her kissing resume, Erin taught Nathan everything he needed to know.

And he was a fast learner. So fast, Erin actually found herself feeling flustered more than once.
Thinking about all those kisses made Erin feel a little dizzy. There were okay kisses, and there were kisses that, whether she liked to admit or not, completely rocked her world.

Is anyone going to measure up? she wondered. More importantly, is there anyone out there willing to?

About the Author

Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she's not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, this full-fledged Piscean (who cares what NASA says?) is passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dance, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.

In another life, she wishes to be a musical theatre actress. Or a director, maybe. But in the meantime, she’ll continue being an avid supporter of the local theatre scene...one show at a time.

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